Behr Dedicates $30-Million Michigan Construction Project

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Behr America, Inc.

    TROY, Mich., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Behr America dedicated the
 construction site of its $30-million, 80,000-square-foot North American
 corporate headquarters and technical center with ceremonies attended by state
 and local officials.
     Scheduled to open later this year, the new complex will house executive
 offices, customer support facilities and engineering operations for Behr,
 which supplies climate control and engine cooling systems to major vehicle
 manufacturers around the world.
     Troy Mayor Matt Pryor joined Behr America President Hans-Joachim Lange and
 Horst Geidel, chairman of the board of management and chief executive officer
 of the Behr Group, for the dedication ceremonies.  Also attending were
 officials from Oakland County and the Michigan State Senate.  The new facility
 will be located on Daley Street, off Big Beaver Road and east of I-75 and
 Rochester Road.
     "Our new technical center will enable us to better serve our automotive
 customers in the region," said Lange.  "Within the next four years, Behr will
 expand its North American presence and double its current market share.  We
 plan to more than double our sales to $500-million by 2005."
     Several Michigan firms are involved in the construction of the new
 facility.  Landry & Newman Architecture of Birmingham, MI, is the architect
 for the project.  Rudolph/Libee, Inc. with offices in Canton, MI and
 Woodbridge, Ohio, is the general contractor.
     The new Troy complex also will include at a later construction phase a
 next-generation wind tunnel for testing climate control and engine cooling
 systems under all weather extremes.  The wind tunnel will be able to simulate
 climactic conditions from below 30 degrees centigrade to above 50 degrees
 centigrade.
     Joseph Kern, Behr America's senior vice president of engineering, said
 that the wind tunnel in Troy will be one of the world's most advanced testing
 facilities for vehicular thermal management.  "We will be capable of
 simulating precise road tests in freeway or urban traffic cycles under all
 climactic conditions possible worldwide with a full range of solar loads,
 humidity, temperatures and air velocities," said Kern.
     "We're thrilled to have them here," Troy Mayor Matt Pryor said.  "Behr is
 bringing a number of highly skilled engineering and high-tech jobs to our
 community.  Behr's new wind tunnel will attract interest throughout North
 America."
     Behr America is part of the $2-billion Behr Group, a leading global
 supplier of climate control and engine cooling systems for automotive,
 commercial, and off-highway markets.  Behr Group, headquartered in Stuttgart,
 Germany, has more than 13,000 employees worldwide with manufacturing
 facilities in eight countries.  Behr America has about 1,100 employees in
 Walled Lake and Webberville, MI; Charleston, SC; Canton, SD, and Fort Worth,
 TX.
     Behr's automotive customer base includes Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler,
 General Motors, Jaguar, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Saturn, Volvo and Volkswagen.  In
 terms of current sales and new contracts, GM, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are
 Behr's largest automotive customers in North America.  Other customers include
 Freightliner, Volvo, Ford, Navistar, John Deere, Cummins and Caterpillar.
     More Behr information is available online at http://www.behrgroup.com
 
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    TROY, Mich., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Behr America dedicated the
 construction site of its $30-million, 80,000-square-foot North American
 corporate headquarters and technical center with ceremonies attended by state
 and local officials.
     Scheduled to open later this year, the new complex will house executive
 offices, customer support facilities and engineering operations for Behr,
 which supplies climate control and engine cooling systems to major vehicle
 manufacturers around the world.
     Troy Mayor Matt Pryor joined Behr America President Hans-Joachim Lange and
 Horst Geidel, chairman of the board of management and chief executive officer
 of the Behr Group, for the dedication ceremonies.  Also attending were
 officials from Oakland County and the Michigan State Senate.  The new facility
 will be located on Daley Street, off Big Beaver Road and east of I-75 and
 Rochester Road.
     "Our new technical center will enable us to better serve our automotive
 customers in the region," said Lange.  "Within the next four years, Behr will
 expand its North American presence and double its current market share.  We
 plan to more than double our sales to $500-million by 2005."
     Several Michigan firms are involved in the construction of the new
 facility.  Landry & Newman Architecture of Birmingham, MI, is the architect
 for the project.  Rudolph/Libee, Inc. with offices in Canton, MI and
 Woodbridge, Ohio, is the general contractor.
     The new Troy complex also will include at a later construction phase a
 next-generation wind tunnel for testing climate control and engine cooling
 systems under all weather extremes.  The wind tunnel will be able to simulate
 climactic conditions from below 30 degrees centigrade to above 50 degrees
 centigrade.
     Joseph Kern, Behr America's senior vice president of engineering, said
 that the wind tunnel in Troy will be one of the world's most advanced testing
 facilities for vehicular thermal management.  "We will be capable of
 simulating precise road tests in freeway or urban traffic cycles under all
 climactic conditions possible worldwide with a full range of solar loads,
 humidity, temperatures and air velocities," said Kern.
     "We're thrilled to have them here," Troy Mayor Matt Pryor said.  "Behr is
 bringing a number of highly skilled engineering and high-tech jobs to our
 community.  Behr's new wind tunnel will attract interest throughout North
 America."
     Behr America is part of the $2-billion Behr Group, a leading global
 supplier of climate control and engine cooling systems for automotive,
 commercial, and off-highway markets.  Behr Group, headquartered in Stuttgart,
 Germany, has more than 13,000 employees worldwide with manufacturing
 facilities in eight countries.  Behr America has about 1,100 employees in
 Walled Lake and Webberville, MI; Charleston, SC; Canton, SD, and Fort Worth,
 TX.
     Behr's automotive customer base includes Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler,
 General Motors, Jaguar, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Saturn, Volvo and Volkswagen.  In
 terms of current sales and new contracts, GM, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are
 Behr's largest automotive customers in North America.  Other customers include
 Freightliner, Volvo, Ford, Navistar, John Deere, Cummins and Caterpillar.
     More Behr information is available online at http://www.behrgroup.com
 
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